2009 Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, CA
Winemaker Joseph Wagner named his winery in honor of his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards. His focus is to showcase Pinot Noir from a variety of California's distinctive growing regions. Currently, Wagner makes three different Pinots, including one from the Sonoma Coast, another from the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County and the Clark & Telephone from Santa Barbara County. The vines of the Clark & Telephone vineyard are grown from the Martini clone, an "heirloom clone" of Pinot Noir known for its spicy character. On the nose, the 2009 offers feminine, floral notes interwoven with berry and baking spice. Offering a burst of flavor when it hits the mouth, it is a wine for those who like their Pinot Noir "big." It shows intense fruit flavors including cranberry, raspberry and tart cherry. But toward the back of the palate, it features a more savory, gamey note with pepper, cinnamon and anise on the lingering finish. Serve with simple, hearty dishes like roast duckling, Boeuf Bourguignon or pot roast.
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